‘Hair’ | 1968
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‘Hair': The Broadway musical through the years

‘Hair’ | 1968
“Hair,” the rock musical centered on a tribe of long-haired hippies resisting conscription into the Vietnam War, premiered off-Broadway in 1967. A year later, the war comedy-drama opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre. The Biltmore cast is pictured here.  (Bettmann/UPI)
‘Hair’ | 1968
Directed by Tom O’Horgan and choreographed by Julie Arenal, the Broadway production of “Hair” starred Steve Curry, left, and Lynn Kellogg. After a four-year run and 1,750 performances, “Hair” closed in 1972.  (Dagmar Ho / Associated Press)
‘Hair’ | 1968
Six months after the Broadway version of “Hair,” a West Coast version played at the Aquarius Theatre in Los Angeles. Some of the original characters reprised their roles in the play, including coauthor James Rado, center. Later, San Francisco and Chicago also saw “Hair” runs.  (Los Angeles Times)
‘Hair’ | 1968
Looked at as daring and fresh, “Hair” relied on themes of pacifism, drug use and sexual freedom. A nude scene, worked into some productions and taken out of others, sparked controversy but also praise.  (Martha Swope / ThirteenWNET New York)
‘Hair’ | 1969
Several states opposed the production of “Hair” because of that nude scene, upon which a pair of men undress to irritate police during an informal antiwar gathering. As such, several lawsuits emerged, including the one pictured here over a Griffith Park production in L.A.  (Los Angeles Times)
‘Hair’ | 1969
Grammy winner and composer Galt MacDermot wrote the first score in three weeks, including songs like “I Got Life”, “Ain’t Got No” and “Where Do I Go.” Normally a production carries less than a dozen songs per act, but “Hair” boasted at least 30 songs per act.  (J. Thompson / Aquarius Theater)
‘Hair’ | 1970
In addition to American productions of “Hair,” like this one at the Aquarius Theater in Los Angeles, the hit musical cropped up internationally in countries including Germany, Mexico and New Zealand.  (J. Thompson / Aquarius Theater)
‘Hair’ | 1979
Eleven years after its original production, “Hair” was turned into a movie, directed by Milos Forman. The film received a Golden Globe nomination for best picture. Differences between the play and the film included plot and song changes.  (United Artists)
‘Hair’ | 1979
Annie Golden and Treat Williams starred in Milos Forman’s film adaptation. Williams earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role as George Berger, the leader of the free-spirited hippies.  (United Artists)
‘Hair’ | 1979
The film adaptation did not please the writers of “Hair,” Gerome Ragni and James Rado, as well as the composer, Galt MacDermot. In the writers’ view, the movie did not accurately portray hippies, nor did it establish their connection to the peace movement.  (United Artists)
‘Hair’ | 2001
Even as the century turned, “Hair” continued to be a powerful force. In 2001, the Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles mounted a production of the musical. (Los Angeles Times)
‘Hair’ | 2009
“Hair” returned to Broadway in its 2009 revival, directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage. The reviews were primarily positive. Today, “Hair” is regarded as a game changer on Broadway.  (Joan Marcus)
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